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Fail, Fail Again, Fail Better

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Distilled from Pema Chödrön’s commencement speech at Naropa University on the day of her granddaughter’s graduation, this offering from the beloved teacher and author offers us a gem of clarity and compassion to help us get back on our feet and into our hearts.
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Awards and Acknowledgements:

  • Spirituality & Health Top 10 of 2015 selection

When her granddaughter was accepted to Naropa University, the celebrated author Pema Chödrön promised that she’d speak at the commencement ceremony. Fail, Fail Again, Fail Better contains the wisdom shared on that day. “What do we do when life doesn’t go the way we hoped?” begins Pema “We say, ‘I’m a failure.” But what if failing wasn’t just “okay,” but the most direct way to becoming a more complete, loving, and fulfilled human being? Through the insights of her own teachers and life journey, Pema Chödrön offers us her heartfelt advice on how to face the unknown—in ourselves and in the world—and how our missteps can open our eyes to see new possibilities and purpose. For Pema’s millions of readers, prospective graduates, or anyone at a life crossroads, this gem of clarity and reassurance is sure to find a welcome place in many a kitchen, office, and backpack.

Includes an in-depth interview with Pema Chödrön and Tami Simon.

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Contents Hardcover Book (133 pages) eBook (133 pages)
Filetypes EPUB, PDF, MOBI
Dimensions 5 x 7 1/8 inches
Product Code BK04539 BK04539W
ISBN Number 978-1-62203-531-1 978-1-62203-557-1
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About Pema Chödrön

Ani Pema Chödrön was born Deirdre Blomfield-Brown in 1936, in New York City. She attended Miss Porter's School in Connecticut and graduated from the University of California at Berkeley. She taught as an elementary school teacher for many years in both New Mexico and California. Pema has two children and three grandchildren.

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Reviewed by Rebekah
I recommend this product
Rated 4 out of 5
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Definitely worth it

I was surprised when I opened this to find that half of this short, compact book consisted of a page of illustration followed by maybe a few paragraphs on the other side. At first it does seem to be a tall order to call this a book, however once I started in to this little treasure of a tome it became apparent that the sparse formatting was purposeful. The white, empty spaces and short bursts of thought echo the same inner process I've come to develop with most of Pema's teachings - read/listen for a bit, then ponder and allow the impact to settle in. The formatting seems to be set up to really concentrate the message, which I found very helpful and interesting. Simple and direct.

The Q&A is quite excellent as well. It covers a range of topics and reiterates the basic principles of mindfulness in the context of real life application. That only was worth the money to me.

I would definitely recommend!

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Reviewed by Vicky
I recommend this product
Rated 4 out of 5
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worth noting

I am sorry people found the book short and the format poor and hence relatively expensive. I hope they take note of this as I find Pema Chodron so helpful.

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Reviewed by Susan
I recommend this product
Rated 5 out of 5
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Meaningful

One thing you can always depend on with any teaching by Pema is honest, thought provoking insight. I especially found the comments on regret helpful. Who doesn’t have regrets? As well, the concept of failing is turned toward a leaning in for real learning, instead of falling into the usual shame-based self-destructive pattern. Thank you for this meaning teaching.

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Reviewed by Mettamama
I recommend this product
Rated 4 out of 5
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Wise, too short, terrible formatting

As usual Pema's wisdom shines through in her speech and especially in the Q & A afterward with Tami. But it was frustrating to read due to the formatting.

I could not read it at all on my ereader because the words overlapped and nothing I did would correct this. On my iPad it was so small I didn't figure out till the last few pages I could make the print bigger with my fingers, like you do with websites, not the usual way for a book. There are 2pages per page and it took three attempts to turn the page each time.

I also found it pretty expensive for such a short piece, I don't think you could call it a book. I wish the Q&a went on longer.

Speech ***

Q&A **** (would be five if longer)

Formatting *

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